UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has published proposals that would see the wholesale cost of connecting mobile phone calls dropping to less than 0.5p per minute within three years.
Termination rates have fallen by 20p per minute within the past 20 years and are currently about 0.8p per minute.
The European Commission has approved the proposed acquisition of Telefónica’s O2 Ireland business by Hutchison 3G, which operates the Three network.
However, Hutchison has been required to make commitments that’ll see it helping some competitors.
Consumers in Europe will soon be affected by a lack of competition if mobile networks aren’t given access to the fibre backhaul owned by incumbent operators.
That’s the warning given in a new report commissioned by Vodafone from Analysys Mason.
Podcast - 21st May 2014
This week's podcast begins with news about the creation of Dixons Carphone plc. We then move on to talk about patent-related legal action, customised Braille phones and the health concerns of children using smartphones.
There's also time to discuss tablet shipments, potential protests and foreign network sales.
Apple and Google-owned Motorola Mobility have agreed to end their current legal actions in the USA, according to a number of reports.
The cases, which involved the alleged infringement of smartphone-related patents, began in 2010.